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Decentralization of social services in Macedonia

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Decentralization of social services in Macedonia

  1. 1. Child Protection Hub for South East Europe Zoran Stojanov Impact of Decentralisation on Social Services
  2. 2. CHILD PROTECTION HUB Decentralisation of Social Services in Macedonia
  3. 3. Background info Total area: 25,713 km2 Population (2002 census): 2,022,547 GDP (2012 estimate): $22.147 billion GDP per capita (2012 estimate): $10,718
  4. 4. Relevant indicators Unemployment rate (2015): 26.3% Youth unemployment rate (2015): 47.3% People at risk of poverty (2014): 22.1% Children at risk of poverty (2014): 29.0%
  5. 5. Territorial organization Eight regions For statistical purpose only No administrative function Not a level of government Regions
  6. 6. Territorial organization 80 municipalities City of Skopje 2 urban municipalities 38 rural municipalities Municipalities 40 mixed municipalities
  7. 7. Social Welfare System 30 Centers for social work with 29 branch offices 10 residential institutions Day-care centers 44 kindergartens Early childhood care centers
  8. 8. 2001 – Constitutional amendments 2002 – Law on Local Self-government 2004 – Law on Local Self-government Financing 2009 – Law on Social Protection Decentralization of the social welfare system Chronology
  9. 9. Decentralization of the social welfare system Mandates and competences Municipalities can provide social services specific to the local context Municipalities can establish day-care centers and early childhood centers
  10. 10. Decentralization of the social welfare system Issues and barriers Lack of local level capacity for financial management and planning; Lack of mechanisms for identifying and inclusion of most vulnerable groups CSWs are centrally funded and managed
  11. 11. Decentralization of the social welfare system Good practices Increased interest an motivation by municipalities to provide additional funds for social services More sustainable involvement of civil sector Inter-sectorial collaboration at local level
  12. 12. Child Protection Hub for South East Europe www.childhub.org Nurturing a safe environment for children

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